When my friend Candace Evans found out I was building a new house…
she wanted to do a blog piece on it for Candy’sDirt.com.
So I pulled out a lot of old pictures of the home I sold this past July, sent them to her and tried to answer her questions about the home I hope to build.
I told her “I am drawing up floor plans for the new house right now and I hope to build a smaller, less expensive, low-maintenance version of my Westover Hills home I sold in July, the perfect baby boomer ‘down-sizing’ house.” So I hope my new home will look a lot like these pictures I snapped at my old house – but smaller!
Candy’sDirt asked me:
When building your new home, what were your “must haves”?
The new home will be built on a lot that includes a dry creek that runs through the backyard. I hope to have a small infinity edge lap pool and terrace that look out over the beautiful green space of the creek.
I am building a one-story home, because I have like them and because I understand there is a good market for one-story homes right now. I usually try to build with selling potential in mind.
I want great high-tech in this house: My computer is my link to my livelihood on RealJane.net so I am experimenting with some of the latest technology related developments for homes.
What is your décor style, and how do you plan on making your spaces unique?
I like open spaces that make for good “flow” in a house, and I’m partial to a bank of French doors across the back looking out onto a terrace and green space. My style is what I call “Italian/Hacienda”. I have a mix of antiques from Italy, Mexico, Southern France, and Spain that I have collected over 20 years, but there is nothing in my house you can’t put your feet up on!
If you want to read more about the neighborhood I’m building in, see the pics of the lot, and learn more about the style of house I hope to build here’s the story about my home on Candy’sDirt.com.
Thank you so much to my friend Candace Evans for her interest in my new home building project.
Amazing Jane built this small spaceious house
One story on green grass
It leans toward this certain creek
where nature plays and sleeps
Not far from the infinity pool
One can sit comfortably
Resting their soles on the Italian/Hacienda furniture from all around the world
Jane, this house/home you’re building sounds like the perfect setting.
Love the creek life… happy building Jane.
Thank you! I’m looking forward to it:)
I love the colors of your previous house so much….in fact, I’m looking to get new countertops and after seeing your beautiful tile I wonder if you recommend using it for kitchen counters…also, I noticed your wide trim is painted the same color as the room (beautiful) – my husband is currently painting room by room of our house – it would make life easier for him if we did this – did you like that as opposed to contrasting or white trim?
Hi Sharon, I definitely like the trim painted the same color as the room. I also paint the ceiling and all the light covers the same color. I figure those aren’t the things I want to stand out, the room is just a nice backdrop then.
I love the beautiful tile, but the only way it is really practical is to use a gray grout. Even then, it’s probably not as easy as a flat surface. I”m kind of tired of granite, so the next house I think I might use an off white marble, then I’ll let my backsplash and other things be my color. Thanks for the comments!